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Cardinal O’Malley announces new superintendent for Catholic schools in Boston

Thomas W. Carroll starts as the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Boston on Monday.
Thomas W. Carroll starts as the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Boston on Monday.Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Boston

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley has appointed Thomas W. Carroll to be the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Boston.

“We are pleased to welcome Tom Carroll to the Archdiocese of Boston as our next Superintendent of Catholic Schools,” O’Malley said in a statement Wednesday. “Tom brings a wide range of experience to this important role, including founding and running successful urban schools, and we look forward to supporting his efforts to strengthen Catholic education.”

Carroll starts work Monday. Current superintendent Kathleen Power Mears announced last year she would be stepping down from her position.

Before he was appointed by O’Malley, Carroll was president of the New York-based Invest in Education Foundation since its founding in 2012. He also founded and led the Foundation for Education Reform and Accountability, also based in New York, for a number of years, according to the statement.

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“I am grateful for the opportunity to share in the wonderful tradition that is Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston,” Carroll said. “I will continue the focus on helping the children in our Catholic schools become strong scholars as well as good and virtuous people.”

According to the archdiocese, Carroll “brings a mix of academic, public policy and development experience to the position having led a network of high-quality urban schools, renovating and constructing school facilities, advocating on behalf of Catholic schools, and raising millions in private donations for Catholic scholarships.”

Carroll has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Albany. He currently lives in Clifton Park, New York, with his wife Claudia and his two children, the archdiocese said.

“With great pride, we will continue to reach out to families from all communities we serve about the unique opportunities a Catholic education provides,” Carroll said.

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